The spectacular views from Pahiatua Railcar
Over 500 people were reacquainted with the Manawatu¯ Gorge over Labour Weekend when they made round trips through it in the Pahiatua Railcar Tokomaru.
It is a 1938 car, one of six made and one of four surviving, named after the Ma¯ ori Canoe Tokomaru.
On Saturday the passengers left from Woodville and then returned from Ashhurst in a 40-minute journey with commentator Don Selby providing the information.
On Sunday the trip was reversed, with five trips each day and all of them booked out.
Two passengers said the views were spectacular and they were surprised how small the three slips were.
Don says the weekend was hugely successful and the weather enhanced the experience.
Another day of trips is planned for December 30 and bookings through the i-Sites are filling fast. A trip costs $25 per adult, $20 per child, $80 for family of two adults and two children.
The Pahiatua Railcar Society plans to repeat the trip every six months but says it is quite committed already with an Australian tour booked from Auckland in late March.
Pahiatua Rail Car Tokomaru heads towards the Manawatu¯ Gorge on its return trip to Ashhurst on Sunday.